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    What is the purpose of punishment?

    The dictionary meaning of punishment is "the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offense." We see many instances of punishment given for various offenses which range from very severe to very mild. It is obvious that when a person commits some offense, a punishment is meted out which may be harsh or mild. The purpose of giving a punishment is to prevent the person from committing the same or any other offense in future. It is also to bring a behavioral change in that person. The person who was given punishment may relent and change his behavior or take it in an offensive manner and may become a serial offender. How to deal with such persons and reform them?
  • #633479
    A punishment is given to a person, when he or she does something wrong. A punishment can be mild or severe according to the crime a person has committed.
    Punishment is given so that the person does not repeat the wrong he has done,and he feels sorry for the wrong act.
    Usually in prisons punishment is given so that they realise their mistakes and feel guilty.Corporal punishments should be avoided.
    Children need more counselling than punishments. Regular counselling helps them change their behavior and attitude.
    Nowadays, the schools are prohibited from giving any kind of corporal punishment. Instead the children should to be motivated and encouraged.

  • #633480
    Ms. Pramila Kapahi: Most probably the author is trying to discuss the punishment meted out to adult persons, especially those who commit offense of same/similar nature repeatedly.

    In respect of serial offenders, the quantum of punishment increases with the repeated offense. In some cases, the person slowly changes his/her attitude. Sometime he/she does not change, especially if he/she is motivated by ideological consideration. In that case, such people are given maximum punishment. The freedom-fighters of India during the British period come under this category.

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  • #633481
    It is said that to err is human. Also, we come across phrases like 'human weakness' etc. Thus it is presumed that there is always a possibility of aberrations in human behaviour and everything will not be alright always.

    Even prior to development of formal civilised societies, there used to be killings and rapes but during those days, the manner of inflicting punishment was different. People used to settle the scores among themselves without going to courts of law as the same were non-existent.

    Provisions for punishment are made to deter the people from committing the same crime again but it may not necessarily be the case always. It is said that the first time offenders become hardcore criminals after coming in contact with the criminals inside the jail.

    Spending time in jail is itself a severe punishment instead of just being a means to isolate the offender from the mainstream society.

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  • #633484
    The punishment is given to a person who makes some offence and the main purpose of the punishment is to make the person sincere and not repeat his mistake in future. We should always remember the objective of punishment. Some people give very hard punishment and due to this hard punishment, the main objective of punishment destroy. We should forgive any person the first time. I think it is the best thing to correct the mistake of a person. We should teach her and make able to understand our points. Punishment is the later stage if a person is not correcting his mistake and committed again and again.
    Honesty is the best policy.

  • #633512
    In my opinion, the punishment should be given to a person to get the person will get changed to a good human being. The punishment will always be in such a way that the person will get changed to a normal being and never repeat the same mistake again. The object of the punishment should be the same. If the mistake done by the person is a small mistake he should be advised and mentored properly so that he will not repeat. If the person is doing intentionally the crime and not getting repented for his misdeeds the punishment should be in proportion. But sometimes the punishment will depend on the person who is deciding the nature of punishment. Some people will be biased and their punishment will vary from person to person.
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  • #633538
    At times, the human mind and heart is tempted to cross-over to the grey areas or listen to the devil to commit mistakes, misdeeds and crimes of varying nature. The term 'reprimand' is used to take into task someone who has made an error. The world punishment implies an unpleasant event to distract the offender from repeating it.

    Generally punishment would be appropriate for the degree of the crime. The intensity varies based on the laws of the land. In some circles of litigation when a giant MNC commits a crime, then punishment given would be in actual damages (to compensate the victim/s) and 'punitive damages', huge amounts of money running in crores based on the earnings of the MNC.

    I mention this because, there is an commonsense logic in it. If you need to punish someone who breaks the law, you cannot just set a figure of as Rs 20,000 as fine. This would be a big amount for a person who earns around One lakh a month. If someone were to be rich beyond limits and earns Rs 20 crores in a month, he wouldn't mind paying the fine and then committing it once more.

    So, we should have a punishment appropriate to the degree of the crime. Some people feel, death penalty is appropriate for murderers and rapists. Punishment is intended to make the offender pause, think before attempting to repeat it and most importantly to feel sorry and realize his mistakes.

  • #633727
    In past time, teachers punished students badly by stick to their palms. Presently, it is not allowed to teachers to punish them. Only punishment is the way to make students focus on learning pastly.

    Punishment is a pain to the person or property of person who is found guilty of crime. The object of giving punishment is to secure and protect society from mischevious behaviour and undesired elements by deterring potential offenders.

  • #633753
    The basic purpose of punishment is to make the culprit realize that he should not repeat such acts in future.

    Unfortunately, due to overall poor governance in our country, the accused after returning from prison start taking revenge or repeat their criminal actions hoping that this time law and order machinery will not be able to catch them.

    So frankly speaking punishment should be severe and for those who are repeating their misdeeds, it should be pronounced as more severe. These miscreants will never be under control if our regulatory mechanism is loose and weak.

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